The “Yes We Can” years still mean a lot to many Americans.
Evidence of that is borne out in a new Pew Research Center poll released this week that places former President Barack Obama at the top of a list of best presidents of Americans’ lifetimes.
Fourty-four percent of Americans say Obama had done the best job as president during their lifetimes.
He’s followed by Bill Clinton at 33 percent and and Ronald Reagan at 32 percent.
President Donald Trump, not even halfway through his first term, came in fourth with 19 percent.
The numbers reached in the telephone survey of 2,002 adults combined the respondents’ first and second choices.
Age played a factor
How you feel about a president’s performance in office often is closely related to how old you are.
Sixty-two percent of millennials, which this survey counted as being from ages 22 to 37, named Obama as either their first or second choice for best president.
But 42 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 54-72) and 38 percent of the Silent Generation (ages 73-90) listed Reagan as either their first or second choice.
Gen Xers (ages 38-53) were split, naming Reagan (45 percent), Obama (41 percent) and Clinton (39 percent) as their first or second choices for best president in their lives.
So did partisan differences
It’s not surprising that political affiliations color how Americans feel about their presidents.
Among Republicans and independents who lean right, Ronald Reagan is their first or second choice with 57 percent, followed by Donald Trump at 40 percent.
Among Democrats and left-leaning independents, Obama tops their list at 71 percent, Clinton comes in at 49 percent and John F. Kennedy is third at 14 percent.
Which president has done the best job during your lifetime?
Barack Obama — 44 percent
Bill Clinton — 33 percent
Ronald Reagan — 32 percent
Donald Trump — 19 percent
George W. Bush — 14 percent
John F. Kennedy — 12 percent
George H.W. Bush — 10 percent
Jimmy Carter — 4 percent
Dwight Eisenhower — 2 percent
Gerald Ford — 1 percent
Richard Nixon — 1 percent
Lyndon Johnson — 1 percent
Harry Truman — 1 percent
Franklin D. Roosevelt –1 percent
Source: Pew Research Center — (CNN)